BB&T Corp (BBT): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

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BB&T ( BBT) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, BB&T fell $0.41 (-1.2%) to $33.52 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,470,716 shares of BB&T exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,257,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.33-$34.07 after having opened the day at $34.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.93. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 17.4%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Silver ETN S&P GS ( DSLV), down 8.2%, VelocityShares 3x Inverse Crude ETN ( DWTI), down 4.3% and Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), down 3.9%.

BB&T Corporation operates as a financial holding company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. BB&T has a market cap of $23.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate BB&T a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BB&T as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Unity Bancorp ( UNTY), up 11.6%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 7.8%, Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), up 6.7% and Hingham Institution Savings ( HIFS), up 6.2% , were all gainers within the banking industry with SunTrust Banks ( STI) being today's featured banking industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the banking industry could consider KBW Bank ETF ( KBE) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider ProShares Short KBW Regional Bankng ( KRS).

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